Jetstar to recommence seasonal flights between Cairns and Newcastle

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 - Jetstar Airways has announced it will resume direct seasonal services between Cairns and Newcastle from 24 June until 28 October 2023, reintroducing great low fares to the popular route.  

Operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, the flights will take off three times a week, creating more than 4,400 seats on the route each month, delivering a significant tourism boost to both cities. 

In partnership with Newcastle Airport and Cairns Airport, this seasonal route originally took off in June 2021 and will relaunch following strong demand.  

On sale now, bookings can be made at   

Jetstar’s Chief Customer Officer, Alan McIntyre, said Jetstar will be the only airline offering direct flights between the two destinations.   

“We saw strong demand in both directions when the route was first launched in 2021 and we expect it will be more popular than ever this year, with one-way fares starting from $119. 

“We extend our thanks to Cairns and Newcastle airports for their continued support of these flights.” 

Cairns Airport CEO, Richard Barker, said the direct services provided attractive holiday options for both QLD and NSW travellers. 

“The climate in Far North Queensland is particularly ideal during the winter period. These flights mean it has never been easier for southern residents to relax and reset with a tropical getaway. 

“This service also gives FNQ locals a seamless connection to the NSW Hunter Valley and its highly popular premier wine regions.” 

Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock, also welcomed the announcement. 

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Jetstar and Cairns Airport for a third season of this incredibly popular direct service. 

“People of our region love Tropical North Queensland and Cairns has proven to be one of our most in-demand destinations over the past two years.” 

The route is included in Jetstar’s Return for Free Holiday Packages Sale which starts today. The packages include return starter fares, accommodation and a range of inclusions for select travel dates from July to October 2023.  

For example, fly from Newcastle to Cairns and stay three nights at the Rydges Esplanade Cairns, with late checkout, welcome drinks and free parking from $373^ per person. 

^Sale ends 11.59pm AEDT 20/2/23, unless sold out prior. Book an eligible Return for Free package and receive the return Starter fare for each passenger on the booking, free. Excludes checked baggage. Selected packages, flights, destinations and travel dates apply. T&Cs apply. 

Jetstar schedule:  





Flight Time  


Cairns 12:15  

Newcastle 14:55  






Newcastle 15:35  

Cairns 18:25